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Healthy Vegan Banana Bread

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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This healthy vegan banana bread calls for whole wheat flour, uses heart-healthy coconut oil, and has a minimal amount of sugar.



  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds)
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (aka white whole wheat flour) (See Note)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas (plus 1 more to garnish, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup raw (turbinado) sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened unflavored non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a standard loaf pan with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir the flaxseed meal with 6 tablespoons of water and let stand while you prep the rest of the ingredients, 5 to 10 minutes. This should form a gel-like consistency known as a “flax egg.”
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, walnuts (if using), baking soda, and salt.
  4. Place the 3 bananas in a separate medium bowl (a shallow one, preferably) and mash with a fork until smooth. Add the sugar, oil, milk, vanilla, and the flaxseed mixture, and stir to combine.
  5. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and fold just until combined, being careful not to over-mix. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan. If adding the extra banana on top, halve it widthwise and press into the top of the batter.
  6. Bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs, about 50 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack or cutting board and cool completely before slicing.


If you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour, use half all-purpose and half regular whole wheat flour. Just all-purpose works too.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 270

Keywords: banana bread, vegan, healthy, whole wheat, coconut oil

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